mala ocean tavern
Mala is one of the nicest additions to Lahaina’s Front Street. The food is reasonably affordable and the seafood, meats and vegetables are fresh and delicious. They offer a wide variety of alcoholic beverages including a very tasty key lime martini. The atmosphere is casual enough for a pau hana with friends but still sophisticated for a very respectable first date. Either way the food is fantastic. Mala is posh enough to host that special night out but still laid-back enough to get a little buzzed. 1307 Front St., Lahaina, 667-9394.
runner-up: pupu lounge. 1945 s. kihei rd., 875-4111. (gp)